Caught yourself coveting the seriously lush lashes of your favourite celeb on the red carpet/socialite on social media or that girl at the gym who is always wearing mascara yet it NEVER seems to run? Let us let you in on a (not so secret) little secret… there’s a high chance those lashes aren’t really their lashes and that these doe-eyed beauties have embraced eyelash extensions.
Ask any eyelash extension devotee and they’ll tell you to never get lash extensions as you’ll likely become addicted from your very first appointment. Eyelash extensions involve applying a single lash extension atop each of your natural lashes, close to the lash line with special semi-permanent adhesive. A full set of eyelash extensions typically takes between one to two hours and require refills or touch ups every two to six weeks (note to self, double espressos are NOT a good idea pre-appointment). But waking up looking like Beyoncé combined with never having to scrub off waterproof mascara again?! Sign us up!
And here in the City of Sails we have some stellar people in the business of making local lashes beautiful. Here’s where to get the best eyelash extensions in Auckland.
City Works Depot
This one’s for you inner city gals! Located in the City Works Depot, Lash Noir uses synthetic mink and Soho silk extensions to give flexible and durable lash treatments. Lash Noir has a solid team of trained lash technicians providing both good banter and great lashes to make your extension procedure an enjoyable experience. With a range of options to complement your individual eye shape and desired look, Lash Noir will have you looking fly in no time. The experts here use Russian volume techniques to give you maximum intensity with minimum weight. If you’re a bit wary of extensions, try Lash Noir’s famous Yumi Lashes, which gives a lift and a tint to provide a similar wide-eyed effect.
Blink Boutique certainly lives up to its name by providing a luxurious, boutique experience. Blink provides an initial consultation to discuss what look you want to achieve and what will work well with your natural lashes. The expert technicians will then map out your eye shape to figure out what style, length and thickness will suit your individual wants and needs best. They’ll then make a custom set just for you and carefully apply it. A full set of lashes will take roughly an hour and a half and during this time you’ll be chilling on one of their custom designed beauty beds. Sounds pretty good, right? Blink Boutique’s process means that the end result feels weightless, looks seamless and keeps your natural lashes in good nick.
Sydney Lashes Auckland
Sydney Lashes offers Auckland’s most extensive range of lash treatments—choose from lash tints, keratin lash lifts and a variety of lash extensions. If their menu is a bit overwhelming, give the salon a call and the pros will be happy to talk you through what’s best for you and your lashes. Choose from their Espresso (halfset), Classic or Glamour Sets, with all lashes coming in both individual or volume applications. As if picture perfect lashes weren’t enough, Sydney Lashes also has an add on treats menu, where you can choose to get your nails done or have hand, feet or scalp reflexology while your lash procedure takes place for the pinnacle of pampering.
Albany & Parnell
Dedicated to lashes and lashes alone, Cerise was the first lash specialty boutique in New Zealand. Cerise specializes in 3D Russian Volume lashes, where two to six finer lashes are applied per one natural lash. One of the cool things about Cerise is that although it’s a highly specialised, boutique experience, they do provide a variety of pricepoints to make their services more accessible. Cerise run eyelash extension training workshops each month and you can choose who works on your lashes: an apprentice, artist or senior. Cerise offers the full range of services: Cerise Volume, Signature and Classic Lashes as well as lash infills, tints and lifts.
Parnell, Kumeu & St. Lukes
Ashley Allen is another premium lash boutique with a sterling reputation. Many lash extensions are made from mink, but Ashley Allen’s services are 100% cruelty free with no animal or mink products used. Choose The Natural Set for an everyday look or from the designer sets range, including a Custom Blend option. If synthetic is not your thing, Ashley Allen also offer silk lashes for some unbelievably soft and, well, silky lashes. Ashley Allen provide training courses for anyone interested in becoming a lash specialist: an intensive two day course which includes a starter kit and one day refresher for technicians wanting to upskill or update. With three locations and a variety of prices and packs, Ashley Allen is a great option for those new to lash extensions.
Lashes by Hayley
Lashes by Hayley offer silk eyelash extensions in a variety of different lengths, thickness and shapes to ensure they achieve exactly the look you’re after. Patience and attention to detail are two major strengths of Hayley’s so she’ll take the time to give you your dream result. Lashes by Hayley also provide lash lifts and tints as well as products to help maintain and extend the life of your lashes. Lashes by Hayley are open late on Thursdays and Friday so you can get your fix before your big night out.
The Lash Room
Kingsland & Albany
Step inside The Lash Room’s cosy Kingsland salon to have your lashes transformed. Having someone literally glue individual lashes onto your own eyelashes can seem a bit daunting, so the experienced team at The Lash Room have a strong focus on service and making your procedure as enjoyable and stressfree as possible. Pick from the Natural Set, where up to 60 lashes are applied per eye, or the Glam Set with twice that, and everything in between. The Lash Room also offers tints, lifts and removals for all your lash related needs.
Frenchie And Co
Herne Bay & Takapuna
You probably know the team from Frenchie and Co for their haircuts and styles, but did you know they can look after your lashes too? If you’re after length and definition but still want a natural look, the Natural Girl Set adds 50-60 lashes per eye and takes only 45 minutes. If you’re after something with a little more punch, the Lashed Babe and Super Glam Sets are fuller and thicker. For you budget conscious babes, choose to have an apprentice artist do your procedure for a discount.
Auckland Lash & Brows
Auckland Lash & Brows pride themselves on their consultative approach by matching your wishes to your wallet, without ever comprising on quality or end result. They design their lash styles to suit your individual eye shape and facial features to make sure you leave feeling fantastic. If you’re after some seriously glam lashes, Auckland Lash & Brows might be the place for you as they offer a Dramatic Volume set with five to six extensions per natural lash, or a Mega Volume set with even more. This salon also offers classes so if you want to enter the industry or upskill, Auckland Lash & Brows is your one stop shop.
Phoenix House of Makeup
Grey Lynn & Takapuna
Dying for lovely lashes but not ready to shell out the money or the time many lash boutiques require? Give Phoenix House of Makeup’s Express lash treatments a try! The procedures range from between 30 and 45 minutes in time, so you can fit it in on your lunch break. Pick the Bombshell Set for full on glamour lashes. Phoenix House of Makeup also provide a consultation prior to the application to make sure you get the lashes of your dreams.
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